Periscope – World in Focus

July, 2014

  • 26 July

    Denying French Warships to Russia

    The odds of NATO collectively buying the French ships are still low. This is due to both the over-riding economic concerns among European nations domestically and the timidity of many European allies to give Putin the impression that they are taking a bellicose response to Russian expansionism. But if the downing of flight MH17 truly is a game-changer, then this collective response by NATO is not a bad way to start changing the game.

  • 25 July

    How Many Nakbas?

    Without an understanding of what is taking place in Palestine, we cannot put an end to this horror. Today, the Gaza strip is one part of an apartheid system stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, a de facto one state controlled by Israel, within which Jews and Palestinians are granted or denied different sets of rights and privileges.

  • 22 July

    How Will Gaza Conflict End?

    There are a number of ways in which the crisis could be ended, ranging from a short-term ceasefire to a more complete truce. The general consensus from analysts is that neither side was currently willing to make a long-term pact and the most likely outcome is a ceasing of violence without tackling the underlying causes of the conflict.

  • 22 July

    Rule of Law Fading in South China Sea’s Murky Waters

    The Law of the Sea is an unsatisfactory guide to referee quarrels that reside at the crossroads of disputed sovereignty claims and competing sovereign rights and jurisdiction claims. The rule of law in the contested semi-enclosed seas of Asia needs to be constructed on a foundation that is objective, fair and equitable, observes one analyst.

  • 20 July

    Beyond Gaza Bloodbath: Who Gets What?

    Even as the war against Gaza rages, Israel's radical nationalist government has its eyes set on completing its annexation of the West Bank, says one analyst. Israel now controls nearly all of Area C, comprising 61 percent of the West Bank, which it assumed control of as a result of the 1993 Declaration of Principles.

  • 20 July

    MH17 Disaster: Were Russia’s ‘Little Green Men’ Involved?

    If the international scrutiny and investigation of MH17 disaster establishes a direct link to Russia, the unintended consequences of supporting separatism via “hybrid warfare” in Eastern Ukraine will have immense ramifications for Russia’s international standing in general and relations with the West in particular.

  • 17 July

    Pounding Gaza With Impunity

    With Gaza reduced to Hamas, 1.8 million people who live in Gaza are made responsible for Hamas. This is the doctrine of collective responsibility, illegal by international law.

  • 16 July

    French Force Rides the Winds of Change in Sahel

    France may be shutting down its military operation in Mali, but that doesn’t mean French troops are going anywhere anytime soon. Instead, Operation Serval will be replaced by the bigger, brasher and bolder Operation Barkhan, France’s master plan to forever rid the Sahel of the scourge of Islamist extremism.

  • 15 July

    Gaza Ceasefire Falters

    The Egyptian-brokered Gaza ceasefire did not last six hours after Israel announced resumption of its bombing campaign against Hamas which earlier refused to accept the truce.

  • 15 July

    Wars Without Winners

    Contrary to the view that extremism thrives when America is absent, empirical facts indicate that the opposite is truer. And each of the countries at the center of global concerns over extremism is in fact one that has seen direct or indirect western intervention, not western absence